crimea1by Vladimir Radyuhin

On Sunday, Crimea voted to split away from Ukraine and return to the Russian fold. For a vast majority of Crimea’s Russian-speaking population this is an act of redressing a monumental injustice that happened in 1991 when Crimea, which geographically, ethnically and historically is more Russian than many regions of Russia itself, became part of a

foreign state as the Soviet Union broke up along arbitrarily drawn administrative borders.

However, reuniting a divided people may not have been the prime motive that forced President Vladimir Putin’s hand in Crimea. The Ukraine crisis is viewed in Moscow as a continuation of the Western plan to encircle Russia militarily and torpedo its reintegration efforts in the former Soviet Union.

The new leaders in Kiev installed with the West’s support are the same people who staged the “orange revolution” in Ukraine in 2004 and set Ukraine on the path of NATO membership.

Strategic catastrophe

Ukraine’s induction into NATO would be a strategic catastrophe for Russia. NATO would come within 425 kilometres of Moscow, cut off Russia from the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, and squeeze it out of the Caucasus.

Conservative Russian philosopher Alexander Dugin, whose ideas of Russia’s Eurasianism as opposed to Western ultra-liberalism increasingly resonate in the Kremlin, views the current upheaval in Ukraine as “the battle of the unipolar world of U.S. hegemony against Russia.”

“Whereas in Libya we shunned the battle, because we had [President Dmitry] Medvedev at the helm, in Syria and Ukraine we have taken up the gauntlet,” Prof. Dugin wrote last month.

In Ukraine, Mr. Putin made the same point he has been driving home in Syria: regime change by force is illegal. When Western nations hailed the overthrow of a democratically elected government in Ukraine as “a democratic free choice of the Ukrainian people,” Mr. Putin’s reply was: Crimea also has the right to make its own free choice.

The West pushed Mr. Putin too far in Ukraine, which is more than just a former Soviet state. It is where the Russian nation was born — in medieval “Kievan Rus” — and it is still part of the “Russian world.” The West’s efforts to bring Ukraine into its orbit were viewed in Moscow as an encroachment on Russia itself.

“For Russia, it is not just a red line; it’s a solid double red line that no one is permitted to cross,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, Chairman of Russia’s authoritative Council on Foreign and Defence Policy.

Ukraine, the second most powerful economy in the former Soviet Union, is a linchpin to Mr. Putin’s plan to build the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), a Moscow-led version of the European Union. The U.S. denounced the plan as a disguised attempt to re-create the Soviet Union and vowed to disrupt it.

“There is a move to re-Sovietize the region,” Hillary Clinton said in 2012, when she was still U.S. Secretary of State. “It’s not going to be called that. It’s going to be called a Customs Union, it will be called Eurasian Union and all of that.”

“But let’s make no mistake about it,” she added. “We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it.”

An “effective way” to wreck Mr. Putin’s project was found when the European Union offered Ukraine an “either-or” choice between closer ties with Europe or membership in Mr. Putin’s EEU. As former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote years ago, “Without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire in Eurasia.”

Mr. Yanukovych used the E.U. talks for a free trade and association pact in order to play Europe against Russia in an attempt to get the best deals from both sides, but overplayed his hand. When he scuttled the E.U. pact last November in favour of a multi-billion Russian aid package, Ukrainians felt robbed of their hopes for prosperous life in affluent Europe. It was an illusion assiduously nurtured by Western politicians and the media, but Mr. Yanukovych’s turnaround triggered mass protests that eventually brought down his kleptocratic and inept regime.

Apart from geopolitical compulsions, Moscow’s support for Crimea’s breakaway bid was driven by important domestic considerations. The protests in Ukraine, manipulated as they were by the West, reflected the rise of grass-root civic activity against corruption and authoritarianism — the same problems that bedevil Russia and that brought thousands of anti-government protesters onto the streets of Moscow two years ago. By intervening in Ukraine, Mr. Putin sought to stop the surging pro-democracy wave from spilling over to Russia.

Mr Putin is widely expected to seek a fourth presidential term in 2018. However, the protest rallies against his return to presidency in 2012 were a sign of growing wariness with his rule. A poll conducted by the respected Levada Centre last year found that half of Russians would like to see a new leader in 2018. A multi-thousand-strong rally in Moscow at the weekend showed that anti-Putin sentiments are still strong among West-oriented urbanites.

However, overall, Russians support Mr. Putin’s policy on Crimea’s reunification. A March survey showed that Mr. Putin’s approval ratings rose by 10 per cent in one month and were at the highest level in years.

Experts said Mr. Putin needs a new agenda to retain voter support — reassembly of lost Russian lands. “Putin has exhausted the limit of people’s gratitude for having saved the country from chaos and ruin,” said Prof. Dugin. “He needs a new future-oriented strategy to re-establish his legitimacy. Eurasian integration of the former Soviet space would give him such strategy.”

Serious risks

Mr. Putin’s intervention in Ukraine has brought Russia strategic gains but is fraught with serious risks.

Crimea’s reunification with Russia solves the problem of the Black Sea Fleet, which Ukraine’s new leaders vowed to shut down and for which there is no other basing location that does not freeze in winter. Russia retains strategic grip on the region and ability to project its naval power to the Mediterranean and beyond.

The Ukraine and Western powers said they would not recognise Crimea’s split from Ukraine, but Russia argued that Kosovo’s self-proclaimed independence from Serbia provided legitimate precedent. Moscow recalled the 2010 ruling by the U.N. International Court of Justice, which said that unilateral declaration of independence by a part of a country did not violate international law.

The example of Crimea has inspired other Russian-speaking regions of Ukraine to demand greater powers from the centre. If Ukraine switches from a unitary state to a federation, the pro-Russia regions will get the right to block any sharp swing of the country towards the West.

At the same time there is a risk of Ukraine sinking into chaos. Mr. Yanukovych’s downfall left Ukraine in shatters. The country is bankrupt and heading for default. The new authorities’ shaky grip on power may weaken further as they embark on harsh austerity measures to qualify for urgent assistance from the International Monetary Fund and Western governments.

The rise of far right and neo-Nazi groups, who spearheaded deadly clashes in Kiev last month, widened the chasm between Ukraine’s pro-Russia southeast and nationalist west. If Ukraine breaks up along the east-west divide, its western part will join NATO. This would be a dubious victory for Russia.

Russia’s relations with the West are fast deteriorating, but how far they will slide back is an open question. “The West and Russia have sailed into uncharted waters,” said Dmitry Trenin, head of the Carnegie Moscow Centre.

The analyst predicted that U.S.-Russia geopolitical rivalry will intensify and affect their collaboration on Syria, Iran and Afghanistan. “Although the static military confrontation is unlikely to be resurrected, nuclear deterrence will be reaffirmed, and competition in the military sphere will spread to other areas, from cyberspace to conventional prompt global strike,” Mr. Trenin wrote in Foreign Policy.

Economic sanctions the U.S. and Europe threaten to impose against Russia will push it further towards China, experts said. India may also benefit from Russia’s pivot to the East, winning greater access to Russian energy resources and speeding up talks for a free trade agreement.

It is symbolic that the new round of East-West confrontation centred on Crimea, home to the 1945 Yalta Conference, at which the Soviet Union made its World War Two allies recognise its security interests far beyond its borders.

Keywords: Russia-Crimea bilateral relations, Crimea political situation, Vladimir Putin, 1945 Yalta Conference

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by Latheef Farook Crucial Muslim support facilitated the process of Sri Lanka gaining independence from British in 1948 and help end almost four and half centuries of European colonial rule in the island. Many still remember the leading role played by Muslims leaders such as Dr T.B.Jayah, Sir Razik Fareed, Dr M.C.M.Kaleel and Dr Badiduddin Mahmud in the constitutional reforms of this country a...

How Did The US Go From A War On Terror To A War Of Terror?

How Did The US Go From A War On Terror To A War Of Terror?

by Robert Fantina : On April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech in which he discussed the violence he saw in the streets of the United States and the violence of the Vietnam War. He described meeting with “desperate, rejected, and angry young men,” encouraging them to seek non-violent change in their communities and the country at large. “But they asked, ...

Politics of beef-A diversionary tactic?

Politics of beef-A diversionary tactic?

All what the people expect is for the government to act and bring those who ruined the country to justice. By Latheef Farook Muslim community voted en masse for President Maithripala Sirisena in the 8 January 2015 presidential elections to free themselves from the persecution of handful Sinhala racists such as Bodu Bala Sena who are suspected local and foreign mercenaries.

May there be God’s Curse on SLMC (Muslim and Makkal)

May there be God’s Curse on SLMC (Muslim and Makkal)

by M.S.M Ayub : After almost five months after the Parliamentary elections the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has not resolved the problem it faced in nominating members to the two national list slots it had been allotted. Citing various grounds, many members from various areas, especially in the East are still making demands from the SLMC leadership that they be given a seat.

Pakistan: Extended Ignorance

Pakistan: Extended Ignorance

by F.S. Aijazuddin : THE Saudis had a choice of Sharifs: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif or COAS Gen Raheel Sharif. Being prudent, they followed the example of the man who, when informed that his mother-in-law had died, was asked whether he wanted her body buried or cremated. He replied: “Do both. Take no chances.” The Saudis took no chances. They invited both Sharifs to Riyadh t...

Homagama Incident and the law being equal to all.

Homagama Incident and the law being equal to all.

by Rashmin Thrimanna : On the 25th and 26th of January a group of monks came in to conflict with the law when Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero, General Secretary of the infamous Bodu Bala Sena stormed into Court and disrupted proceedings by giving a speech which led to the Homagama Magistrate issuing an arrest warrant in his name on charges of contempt of Court.

Gnanasara‘s satanic dream to become hero by going to jail

Gnanasara‘s satanic dream to become hero by going to jail

by Lanka-e-News : When Prageeth Ekneliyagoda case was taken up for trial today(25) , Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara the monk in robes addressing the court forcibly, threatened and scolded Ekneliyagoda’s wife in foul and filthy language . Owing to this conduct he was ordered by the Homagama magistrate to be arrested immediately based on 4 charges and produced in court based on four charges:...

International Players in Corrupt Politics

International Players in Corrupt Politics

by Ameen Izzadeen : Politics is a head-deep mud hole. Those who walk into it, even if they wear the world’s best mud-proof suits, cannot claim while being in it that they are clean. Politics leads to power and authority and involves big money. The greater the authority politicians wield, the greater the temptation to get lured by big money thrown at them by Big Business – loc...

Homagama incident highlights urgency of Kathikawath Bill

Homagama incident highlights urgency of Kathikawath Bill

by C. A. Chandraprema : The scenes outside the Homagama Magistrate’s court highlights more than ever the need for the speedy passage of the Kathikawath Bill that is before parliament. Registered bhikku Ven. Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera was arrested and remanded in relation to several charges including contempt of court amidst chaotic scenes outside the courthouse with unruly monks

The Tragicomic ‘Sinha-Le’ Tribe

The Tragicomic ‘Sinha-Le’ Tribe

by Sharmini Serasinghe : It is indeed ironic and tragically hilarious, that while Sri Lanka boasts of a 2500 year-old culture, and one of the highest literacy rates in Asia (the ability to read and write), those claiming relationship to a four-legged beast (lion) today; its ‘Sinha-Le’ tribe, is unable to separate allegory and myth, from fact. After all, the ability to read an...

Voiceless and helpless Palestinians in Israel

Voiceless and helpless Palestinians in Israel

Virtual slaves in their own soil under Israeli barbarity By Latheef Farook : About seventy years ago there was no country called Israel in the Middle East. What we call Israel today was Palestine where around 95 percent of the populations were Palestinians. This included predominantly Muslims and a small minority of Christians. The Jewish population around early last century was only around fou...

China's Xi calls for creation of Palestinian state

China's Xi calls for creation of Palestinian state

by Al Jazeera : Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for the establishment of a Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, as he announced a series of multibillion-dollar investment plans for the wider Middle East. Speaking from Egypt during the second leg of a Middle East tour, Xi said on Thursday that the Palestinian problem "should not be marginalised". "China su...

969: இது முடிவல்ல; முடிவின் தொடக்கம்!

969: இது முடிவல்ல; முடிவின் தொடக்கம்!

என்.சரவணன் : முஸ்லிம் ஒருவருக்கு சொந்தமான ஒரு நகைக்கடையில் பௌத்த மதத்தை சேர்ந்த ஒருவருடன் வாய்த்தகராறு நடக்கிறது. வாய்த்தகராறில் ஈடுபட்டவருக்கு ஆதரவாக பௌத்த மதத்தை சேர்த்தவர்கள் ஒன்று கூடுகிறார்கள். சில மணித்தியாலங்களில் அந்த கடை அடித்து சேதமாக்கி அழிக்கப்படுகிறது. இதன் விளைவாக ஒரு பௌத்த பிக்கு எரிக்கப்பட்டுவிடுகிறார். ...

10 Actions that Build a Strong and Lasting Character

10 Actions that Build a Strong and Lasting Character

by Al-Mustafa Medicare : People strive, throughout life, to build strong personal characters, traits that reflect their purpose, passions, and values. Yet, as people who would like to build a strong character, we find it difficult. The difficulty lies in our resistance to the very circumstances that would lead us to grow. This article will provide insights into the following questions: How does ...

UK doctors call for removal of Israel from World Medical Association

UK doctors call for removal of Israel from World Medical Association

by Palestine News Network : British doctors have called for the removal of Israel from the World Medical Association (WMA) over claims of “medical torture” on Palestinians seeking treatment, Israeli media reported. Dr. Zeev Feldman, chairman of the Israeli Medical Association World Fellowship and president of the Israeli Neurosurgical Society, revealed at a Knesset Science an...

How the West Creates Terrorism

How the West Creates Terrorism

by Andre Vltchek : Terrorism has many forms and many faces, but the most terrible of them is cold cruelty. We are asked to believe that terrorists consist of dirty lunatics, running around with bombs, machine guns and explosive belts. That’s how we are told to imagine them. Many of them are bearded; almost all are “foreign looking”, non-white, non-Western. In summar...

How George Soros Is Playing Both Ends Of The Syrian Refugee Chaos

How George Soros Is Playing Both Ends Of The Syrian Refugee Chaos

by New Eastern Outlook : Since John D. Rockefeller was advised to protect his wealth from government taxation by creating a tax-exempt philanthropic foundation in 1913, foundations have been used by American oligarchs to disguise a world of dirty deeds under the cover “doing good for mankind,” known by the moniker “philanthropy” for mankind-loving. No less...

அரசியல்யாப்பு மாற்றங்களும் முஸ்லிம் அரசியல் வாதிகளின் அலட்சியமும்;.

அரசியல்யாப்பு மாற்றங்களும் முஸ்லிம் அரசியல் வாதிகளின் அலட்சியமும்;.

லத்தீப் பாரூக் : அரசாங்கம் அரசியல் யாப்பில் மாற்றங்களைக் கொண்டு வரவுள்ளதாக அறிவித்தது முதல் அதுபற்றிய தீவிரமான கலந்துரையாடல்களும் முன்னெடுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளன. இதில் ஆர்வம் உள்ள பல குழுக்கள் பல்வேறு திறந்த கலந்துரையாடல்கள் கருத்தரங்குகள் செயலமர்வுகள் என்பனவற்றை நடத்தி வருகின்றன. ...

Constitutional Changes - Muslim politicians’ indifference

Constitutional Changes - Muslim politicians’ indifference

By Latheef Farook : Intense discussions have been underway ever since the government announced its decision to bring about constitutional changes. Numerous seminars, symposiums and open discussions were held by various interested groups from all communities to ensure their rights in the proposed constitution. Emphasizing the need to ensure the rights of all communities President Maithripala Sir...

Saudi oil coup fails; diplomatic victory for Iran

Saudi oil coup fails; diplomatic victory for Iran

by Ameen Izzadeen : During a visit to sanctions-hit Iran in 2012, at Laleh International Hotel, which was Hotel Intercontinental before the 1979 revolution, a shopkeeper told me that business was so bad that he hardly got one customer a day. It was only two months after the United States had imposed the toughest ever trade sanctions on Iran, warning the world’s banks that they would be...

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Qatar completes phase 1 of huge (and beautiful) apartment complex in Gaza

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Somehow, despite that "siege" we keep hearing about, Qatar managed to build this in Gaza: The first 1060 units are available now, and 1200 more coming soon. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said that these apartments were a "victory for the Palestinians in the face of the occupation and the brutal aggression" of Israel. I am a little surprised that Mahmoud Abbas' picture is so prominently displayed in Gaza.

Release of book on articles of late journalist Hamid Abdul Karim

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United Nations Solidarity Day with Palestine, marking the illegal and immoral United Nations resolution on 29 November 1947, handing over Palestinian lands to Zionist Jews were imported by Britain and Zionist Jews  from all over, was observed at a special meeting at the Sports Ministry auditorium  on 4 December 2015.

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A divided vote and even more divided responses

by Rajan Philips The UNHCR vote on the Sri Lankan resolution divided along continental boundaries. Europe (Western and Eastern) and America (North and South) were the overwhelming supporters of the resolution. No country from these continents abstained on the vote; only three (Russia, Cuba and Venezuela) voted against, and the remaining 18 accounted for


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Aluthgama And The March Of Triumphalism

by Tisaranee Gunasekara “Lies are believed amongst every race; and was any race ever the sole possessor of Truth?”Abdallah al!a"arri #Arab poet and sceptic $%&'()%*# +une '$, -('., /olombo, 0ri Lanka Guardian* 1n Aluthgama and 2eruwala, violence has  petered out and fires have died3 2ut it will be a long while before normalcy


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Ariel Sharon - Butcher of Palestinians

Zionist war criminal Ariel Sharon died after eight years in death throes.
Western leaders’ responses demonstrate their powerlessness in the face of Jewish crimes. by Latheef Farook
Israel’s former prime minister Ariel Sharon, known for his massacres and genocides of Palestinians ,destruction of their properties and accused  by an Israel commission


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Azath Salley's Letter to HE President

letter by Azath Salley The initial attempt at bringing down the 65 year old mosque initiated by a so called hidden hand continues to haunt your regime. You will remember that I brought this to your notice the day prior to this incident and failed to receive any response from you, until a senior minister in your government confirmed that the mosque in question was indeed 65 years old.


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How Islam Spread In India

by Firas Alkhateeb :  Today, there are over 500 million Muslims throughout the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh), making it one of the largest population centers of Muslims in the world. Since Islam first entered India, it has contributed greatly to the area and its people. Today, numerous theories about how India came to be such a largely Muslim land exist. Politically, some (such as the Hindutva movement in India) try to make Islam seem foriegn to India,


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Islamophobia on the Rise in the UK: A Call for Unity

by Tasnim Nazeer :  ISIS better known as Daesh, who claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks have sparked a rise of anti-Muslim hate crimes on innocent Muslims in the UK. Frustratingly, it is peaceful Muslims who are facing the wrath of retaliation from those who ignorantly associate the terrorist group with Islam. There is nothing 'Islamic' about daesh, they have destroyed mosques, killed mercilessly


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Israel's Mass Killing of Palestinian Families in Gaza

by Institute for Middle East Understanding According to the United Nations, at least 68 Palestinian families in Gaza have had three or more members killed by the Israeli military in the same incident since Israel began its current assault on Gaza on July 7, for a total of 360 people. In its daily Gaza emergency report on July 30, the UN expressed deep concern at the “alarming number” of such incidents.


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Mr. Manners: Lessons from South African star cricketer Hashim Amla

by Mohammed Jehan Khan
Islam is concerned with man’s well-being in both body and soul. Hence it encourages all kinds of sports which strengthen the body and maintain good health as well as provide relaxation and leisure, such as swimming, archery, horse-riding, sword-fighting and wrestling etc. All these sports are encouraged by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).In the current


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Spain ‘issues arrest warrant’ for Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu

by Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith :  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seven other former and current government officials are at risk of arrest if they set foot in Spain, after a Spanish judge effectively issued an arrest warrant for the group, it has been reported. According to the Latin American Herald Tribune, Spanish national court judge Jose de la Mata ordered the police and civil guard to notify him


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The Genocide in Gaza: Is It the Turning Point?

by Dr Firoz Mahboob Kamal The enemies’ war never ends. It only takes pauses for making bigger battle. The imperialists’ war that started against the Muslims in Arab World in 1917 got new life in 1948, 1967 and 1973, and still continues. Each time the enemies set new goalposts and implement new strategies. In 1917, it was aimed at


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We are with you and also against you

by Dr. M.A.Mohamed Saleem "You're either with us, or against us" and many variations of this arrogance were displayed by President Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 episode to force other countries to becoming allies or enemies. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) alliance with the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) strikes a different tone - "an alliance with you and also against


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What Britain Learns From Egypt

by David Hearst :  One of the stranger conceits of the British is to lecture the rest of the world about democracy. To the oligarchs of post-Soviet Russia, the Brits shook their weary heads, while laundering their money. They preached about the green shoots of democracy and how long it takes to cultivate an English lawn. To the corrupt, blood-stained generals of Egypt, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon offered praise.


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‘Christian’ terrorist on a killing spree

by Tariq A. Al Maeena
Students at Queens College in New York gather for a vigil, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, in honor of three Muslim students killed recently near the University of North Carolina. Experts and advocates say Muslims are more organized and vocal in the wake of last week's triple shootings, which have spurred scores of vigils and generated messages of support from many quarters, including the White House. In a White House speech President Barack Obama said helping


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"BEFORE OUR EYES" Towards the End of U.S. Propaganda

by Thierry Meyssan The Anglo-Saxon Empire is based on a century of propaganda. It managed to convince us that the United States is "the land of the free" and that it engaged in wars to defend its ideals. But the current crisis over Ukraine has changed the rules of the game. Now Washington and its allies are not the only speakers. Their lies are openly challenged by the


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"If Stones Could Weep": Syria, Blair's Plans and an Archbishop's Son

by Felicity Arbuthnot Not only is Middle East "Peace Envoy", Catholic convert and Butcher of Baghdad, Tony Blair gunning for another overthrow and mass destruction in Syria, he has recruited the son of an Archbishop to help him. Not any old Archbishop either, Blair's latest recruit is son of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England, who heads both


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"Jewish extremists" are Israel's own sons

by Asa Winstanley Earlier this month, a strange thing happened: a Jewish extremist was held in "administrative detention" by Israel. This practise, internment without charge or trial, dates back to the British occupation of Palestine, and Israel habitually uses it against Palestinians. But for a Jewish citizen to be "administratively detained" is highly unusual. The internee is Meir Ettinger, a 24-year-old pro-settler fanatic who is the grandson of the notorious Rabbi Meir Kahane.


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"Jewish extremists" are Israel's own sons

by Asa Winstanley :  Earlier this month, a strange thing happened: a Jewish extremist was held in "administrative detention" by Israel. This practise, internment without charge or trial, dates back to the British occupation of Palestine, and Israel habitually uses it against Palestinians. But for a Jewish citizen to be "administratively detained" is highly unusual. The internee is Meir Ettinger, a 24-year-old


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"What about Israel's nuclear weapons?" asks Putin

from middleeastmonitor Putin continues to deny the Syrian regime's responsibility for the chemical weapons attack, stating that 'the attack used an old Soviet shell of a kind no longer used by the Syrian army'Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the big question that has been the elephant in the corner as the debate continues about Syria's possession and use of chemical weapons: What about Israel's nuclear weapons? Putin was speaking in defence of Moscow's position on the Syrian crisis, in particular the chemical weapons issue. Observers were surprised


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#ChapelHillShooting - When Hate Wins, We All Lose

by Imam Khalid Latiff About a month ago, Duke University had made the courageous announcement that the Muslim call-to-prayer would be broadcasted weekly from its campus chapel. As much of the world was embracing anti-Muslim and Islamophobic sentiment, Duke seemingly had adopted a different attitude. A little less than a month ago, many people made it clear that they weren't too happy with Muslims being made to feel welcomed. Duke announced that it would no longer be having


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''Mini Gujarat'' in and around Muzaffarnagar

By Zafarul-Islam Khan Kandhla/Budhana/Kairana:Uttar Pradesh saw over 200 small and big communal riots since Samajwadi Party came to power in February last year. The UP government itself conceded on the floor of the state assembly that 27 serious riots have taken place since it came to power. The riot party is well-known. Their weapons too are well-known: lies and rumour-mongering, now made much more easy with electronic


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'Anyone but Modi': many Indian Muslims fear the worst

by Adam Plowright and Annie Banerji AYODHYA: Some recoil at his name, while others still refuse to acknowledge his popularity. India’s Muslims have watched the rise of election front-runner Narendra Modi anxiously and are now united in their wariness. Many of the worshippers at the Jama Masjid Terhi Bazaar mosque in Ayodhya, a kilometre from India’s most notorious religious flashpoint, were too


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'Applewatte' was born of Rotten Apples

By Shaahidah Riza Acommunity that is shunned and neglected. Usually hidden in the heart of a city, shadowed by plush high-rise buildings and grandiose development that screams equality by creating an illusion of a decent living guaranteed to each citizen. Acommunity that is shunned and neglected. Usually hidden in the heart of a city, shadowed by plush high-rise buildings and grandiose development that screams equality by creating an illusion of a decent living guaranteed to each citizen.


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'Children Are Eating Leaves Off The Trees': The Nightmare of The Siege of Madaya, Syria

by Avi Asher-Schapiro :  Correction: a previous version of this story contained photos purporting to show malnourished children in Madadya. VICE News has since learned that the pictures may not have been taken in Madaya, and has removed them. In the early hours of Sunday morning, a pregnant woman and her daughter tried to sneak out of Madaya, a mountain village perched in the snow-capped peaks of southwestern Syria.


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'Death and horror' in Gaza as thousands flee Israeli bombardment

from the guardian Palestinian government condemns attack on Shujai'iya district as 'war crime' as Israel announces deaths of 13 soldiers. Palestinians flee their homes in Gaza's eastern Shejaiya district on Sunday after heavy Israeli shelling. The fiercest fighting of the 13-day war in Gaza erupted on Sunday as Israel dramatically


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'Isn't the Nationalist a Mental Patient?'

from Ceylon Today At a time when few practice what they preach, Lankan scholar, writer and social activist Dr. E.W. (Edward Winifred) Adikaram (1905-1985) was an illustrious exception.As a public intellectual, he had the courage of his convictions to speak out on matters of public interest – even when such views challenged widely held dogmas or went against populist trends. As a sceptical inquirer as well as a spiritualist, he always 'walked his talk.' He never


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'Our' Weaponized Wahhabi Bastards

By Pepe Escobar Life is good if you're a member of the Gulf Counter-revolution Club, officially known as Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). You can crush the Arab Spring at will. You can hire goons all across dar-al-Islam to advance a sectarian Sunni-Shi'ite divide. You can be deeply implicated in the destruction of Syria. You can treat a significant part of your own population as third-class citizens. Not only you get away with it; you get rewarded with expensive toys. And in one


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'Strong Evidence' of Genocide in Myanmar

by Al Jazeera Investigative Unit :  Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit has uncovered what amounts to "strong evidence" of a genocide coordinated by the Myanmar government against the Rohingya people, according to an assessment by Yale University Law School. The Lowenstein Clinic spent eight months assessing evidence from Myanmar, including documents and testimony provided by Al Jazeera and the advocacy group Fortify Rights.


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'They are in jail because they wear a Kurta, sport a beard and keep a Quran at home'

By Shaik Zakeer Hussain Bangalore: When a low intensity bomb exploded on April 17, about 100 meters away from the Karnataka BJP headquarter in Malleswaram, Bangalore, the incident was termed an act of terror and eventually ended up in the arrest of 11 suspects, all belonging to the Muslim community. Six months later, the First Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court, ordered the release of three persons arrested by the police in the case.


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'Welcome to Kashmir'

by Showkat Shafi :  I remember it clearly. It was August 19, 2011 - World Photography Day. To commemorate the day in 1839 when the French government made public the photographic process known as daguerreotype, developed by photographer Louis Daguerre, I decided to capture some memorable photographs of my own. I headed to the Jamia Masjid in the old city of Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir, hoping to


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'Wounds of Waziristan': The Story of Drones

By Alex Pasternack The drone war is obscure by design. Operated by armchair pilots from clandestine bases across the American west, the Predators and Reapers fly over Afghanistan, Yemen, and Pakistan's Tribal Areas at invisible heights, where they are on orders from the CIA to kill "high value" targets with laser-guided "surgical" precision thousands of feet below. But because of where the Hellfire missiles land, and because the program is operated in secret, verifying their precision and their lasting effects isn't easy.


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10 Actions that Build a Strong and Lasting Character

by Al-Mustafa Medicare :  People strive, throughout life, to build strong personal characters, traits that reflect their purpose, passions, and values. Yet, as people who would like to build a strong character, we find it difficult. The difficulty lies in our resistance to the very circumstances that would lead us to grow. This article will provide insights into the following questions: How does character differ from conduct? How does personal character lead to the growth of spiritual character? Why is a strong character important?


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10 Reasons The 9/11 Report is Properly Classified as Fiction

by Sherwood Ross Key points in the government's version of 9/11 events do not stand up to scientific scrutiny, according to McKnight Professor Emeritus, Dr. Jim Fetzer, a distinguished philosopher of science, who has more than 20 books on scientific reasoning, artificial intelligence and cognitive science. Fetzer formerly taught at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is the founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth.


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10 Things About Gaddafi They Don’t Want You To Know

by Arjun Walia It’s almost 2015, and every single year more and more people are starting to question the information presented to them from mainstream western media outlets, and for good reason. What we are often presented with by corporate media, especially when it comes to political issues and war overseas is a twist of what’s really happening and sometimes even a fabrication of the story. One great example is the “terrorist” group Al-Qaeda,


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10 Things You Need to Know About the Persecution of Muslims in Myanmar

by Kyaw Min  By 1990, 15 years before I went to prison, the ruling generals had been in power in Burma for almost 30 years. In those days I was an elected member of the Burmese Parliament. Then in 2005, my family and I were arrested by the police. My wife, son and two daughters and I spent the next seven years in prison. They said our "crime" was declaring our rights as ethnic Rohingya. My jailers told me that speaking up for the Rohingya was giving Myanmar "a bad name" internationally.


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11 Years Ago Today: Fall of Baghdad Suggested ‘Mission Accomplished’

by Greg Mitchell April 09, 2014 "ICH" - "The Nation" - On the morning of this day eleven years ago, in 2003, I happened to be sitting in the ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans waiting for Dick Cheney. This may sound like the beginning of a joke, perhaps with a musical or culinary kicker, but the punch line in this case is quite tragic. I was covering a newspaper


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12 Uyghurs Shot Dead in Raid on Xinjiang

by Shohret Hoshur Authorities in China's restive northwestern region of Xinjiang have shot dead up to a dozen Uyghurs and wounded 20 others in a raid on what they said was a "terrorist" facility, according to local officials and residents. Police confirmed the shooting in Poskam county (in Chinese, Zepu) near the Silk Road city of Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, home to some 9 million ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs who say they have long suffered discrimination and religious controls under


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12th Anniversary Of Illegal Iraq Invasion

By Dr Gideon Polya Those with consciences  recently marked the 12th anniversary on 19 March 2015 of the illegal and war criminal US, UK and Australian invasion of Iraq in 2003  that was based on false assertions of Iraqi possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction, was conducted in the absence of  UN sanction  or Iraqi threat to the invading nations, and led to 2.7 million Iraqi deaths from  violence (1.5 million) or from violently-imposed deprivation (1.2 million).


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13 BBS Goons Arrested over Anti-Muslim Violence Released

by dbsjeyraj column  In a shocking revelation that further erodes Sri Lankan public confidence in the upholding of the rule of law and in the impartiality of law enforcement agencies ,it is now leant that 13 Bodu Bala Sena goons who spearheaded much of the anti – Muslim violence in Aluthgama have been released from Police


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14,000 Libyans & Refugees Live 'Deplorable Conditions' in Jails

from Middleastmonitor.com About 14,000 Libyans and refuges, most of them from Middle Eastern countries, now live in overcrowded prisons in Libya. A UN statement on Friday said the detainees are often tortured; suffer deplorable conditions; and lack of due process. UN human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said that about half of


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1421: The Year a Chinese Muslim Discovered America

By IslamiCity The British submarine engineer and historian Gavin Menzies gave an astounding seminar on March 15, 2002 to the Royal Geographical Society in London, with evidence to support his theory that Zheng He, a Chinese Muslim navigator in the Ming dynasty, beat Columbus by more than 70 years in discovering America.


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20 million face starving to death due to US backed bombing of Yemen

by Chris Toensing
TWENTY million people in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, are at risk of dying from hunger or thirst. That’s 80 percent of the country’s population, which according to UN agencies badly needs emergency supplies of food and water, along with fuel and medicine. This almost unimaginable crisis sounds like something out of a disaster movie. But the cause isn’t an earthquake or a tsunami.


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20A: Why The Indecent Haste?

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by D.B.S. Jeyaraj :  The Investigation launched by the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has in accordance with its terms of reference   probed the period of time from the 2002 February  ceasefire until the end of the war in  May 2009 to ascertain whether   war crimes, crimes against humanity and human rights violations occurred  in Sri Lanka during the final phase of the war as alleged. The focus on these


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If he spoke the same words and lived the same way,
If he returned with the same message to relay,
How long would the forces of the world let him stay?


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by Syed Zubair Ahmad When Arvind Kejriwal was delivering his inaugural speech as Chief Minister of Delhi I was sitting in another  room and listening to him. All of a sudden I heard him saying ‘Mai Allah Ka Shukrya Ada Karta Hun’, I got confused and went to the room where the TV set was on. O my God, it was Kejriwal who uttered this sentence of gratefulness. I did not hear such


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by Salithamby Abdul Rauff :  Given the track record of Muslim politics in Sri Lanka in recent times, it has consistently failed in addressing its community’s grievances, in representing its community’s legitimate aspirations, and in insulating its community’s interests. In late 1980s, when the Indo-Lanka accord Colombo and New Delhi signed to bring a permanent political settlement to the country’s prolonged ethnic


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by Tariq A. Al-Maeena The month of Ramadan has witnessed another barbaric assault on the people of Gaza. Israeli Defense Forces have been relentlessly targeting and attacking the hapless civilians for whom sustenance has become a living hell in the past decade and more. The Israeli army began a full scale military operation against Gaza on July 8, with air and naval bombardments.


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by Tariq A. Al-Maeena There are signs of a new holocaust, one in the 21st century that is happening in Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma.  If the flood that is fueling this impending holocaust is not arrested now, it will soon materialize into a full-scale slaughter and there will then be no looking back.  It concerns the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar who for the most part have been ignored by the rest of the Muslim world.


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By Razi Muhammadh We hear news that Mr. ALM Athaullah former Ampara Member of Parliament and a defeated candidate of UPFA in the last election is to be given MP in the UPFA national list. Mr. President as a citizen of this beloved country and a voter of Ampara district I think I have a right to suggest, sometimes oppose the decisions taken by you. This is the basic tenant of fine democracy. Mr. President I am from the same village Mr. Athaullah is from.


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by Jehan Perera :  This week marks 25 years since the Muslim people inhabiting the north were evicted by the LTTE in a matter of hours that ranged from two hours to two days. Their treatment in Jaffna, the seat of Tamil civilization, was particularly harsh as there they were given only two hours to leave. Those who tried to take their valuable possessions with them, such as deeds to their land, jewellery and money, were stripped of them at the LTTE checkpoints.


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Sri Lanka Muslims in UK Honour Veteran journalist Latheef Farook

lf-harrow2The Sri Lankan Muslim community based in UK, at an event held at the Sri Lankan Muslim Cultural Centre (SLMCC) in the London Borough  of Harrow honoured veteran Sri Lanka journalist Latheef Farook  for his services in highlighting burning Muslim issues in the island and creating awareness both within the community and the country as a whole.

Latheef Farook is now on a three week long lecture tour to brief the Muslims of the current political situation in the country especially the changes taking place since the 8 January 2015 presidential election which brought Mr Maithripala Sirisena to power defeating former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.He was invited by Harrow based SLMCC, which is considered a centre point for SL Muslims in UK.

The plaque and the certificate of appreciation were handed over to LatheefFarook at this special function by SLMCC  Chair Mr Mubarak Junaideen.

Addressing the gathering during the function the coordinator of LatheefFarook’s visit Mr Lukman Harees who is also a social activist and a writer had this to state;

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